Oct. 31 is not only Halloween, but it is National Caramel Apply Day. So, you have a couple of things to celebrate today.
Do not confuse caramel apples with candy apples or taffy apples. Caramel apples are made by dipping or rolling apples in hot caramel. You may also roll the apples in nuts or other confections after rolling or dipping the in hot caramel. This method is excellent if your are making a small number of caramel apples; however, if you are making many caramel apples, then it is best to wrap a sheet of caramel around the apples followed by heating the apples to melt the caramel evenly onto it. This method makes a harder caramel on the apple.
Even though caramel apples can be enjoyed all year long, they are popular for holidays especially for Halloween. Caramel apples are usually eaten as treats at autumn festivals.
Granny Smith or Fujiapples are the preferred apples for making caramel apples because they are hard, crisp and tart. The softer, grainy-textured apples are not preferred even though they can be used.